Tokyo Marui Sig Sauer P226

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First off, I’d like to thank the guys at Tokyo Model Company for sending this my way to review. I’ve been eying the Sig Sauer P226 for quite sometime and have yet to find a decent review that really took a good hard look at this GBB and what it’s capable of doing. We’ll look into the fit, feel, construction, accuracy, efficiency, range, and durability of this GBB.

First Impressions

The box itself is much like most Marui marketing materials in that the artwork is superb. Opening the box grants your eyes access to the goodness that hopefully is the Tokyo Marui Sig Sauer P226. Neatly laid out is the pistol, magazine, and cleaning rod. To one side is a card with the words Sig Sauer P226 Rail, which hides a small bag of 100 or so bbs. The entire package is encased in molded foam to protect it in shipping and storage.

Picking up the gun body itself I’m surprised that it doesn’t feel extremely light, given that it is a plastic replica. At the same time I’m amazed that the heft of the magazine.

Shooting a few rounds right off the bat I’m taken back by the amount of kick this thing produces. I’m accustomed to my KWA USP .40 with it’s sluggish action and heavy slide that absorbs a lot of the kick.

Material and Construction

Looking closer at the gun we find that it’s mostly plastic, and the metal parts (for the majority of the GBB), are not steel. Parts that contain steel (as verified with a neodymium magnet) are the screws for the grip, de-cocking lever, hammer, and slide catch. The mag does not appear to have any steel, although it is metal and very heavy.

The trademarks are very deep and clear on the slide, ejection port, and grip.

The plastic used feels very durable throughout the body without any flex or creaking sounds. There is a noticeable mold line around the body though. The KSC version is much better in this regard.

The sights are well made and the painted dots show up well. The front sight does exhibit a very small amount of wobble when pushed on but this is most likely inherent to the clip mechanism that holds it in place.

The grip is well stippled like the real steel, but a bit less grippy. To my knowledge the real steel grips do not fit.

The gun features a lanyard attachment point at the base of the magwell. Other details include the accurate representation of the serrations in the slide and on top of the hammer.

The magazine does not feature non-functional real steel replica markings to denote the number of rounds left. I find this disappointing as it being a Tokyo Marui, I’d expect the trades and marking to be better than this. The magazine does feature the Sig Sauer 9mm marks on the side of the magazine though.

Features

The gun features a similar trigger to that of the real steel. With a long draw, long reset, and sudden break, it’s not for everyone. The trigger action is smooth, just long.

The rail on the underside of the front is replicated well and fits a TLR1 nicely.

The de-cocking lever takes the gun from fully cocked to half cocked for greater safety. The gun does not however have a safety mechanism of any sort. In this manner it too replicates the real steel model.

Performance

Okay, this is what you’re really here for. Let’s start with the feel of it. The grip is fat and the stippling is good. This is of course subjective, and therefore only means something to me. As always, try to get your mitts on a gun to try out before you buy it and find out it fits your hand as well as “The Glove” fit OJ Simpson.

The magazine feeds easily and holds 25 rounds.

Pulling the slide back is fairly smooth with the only resistance being that of the spring, and the increase in effort needed when the slide pushes the hammer back into a fully cocked position.

The magazine smoothly moves through the magwell and clicks home as it is fully inserted. I did notice a gap between the magwell base and the magazine base. There is also a touch of wiggle. I’d like to see that tighten up, but that’s a bit of a nit picky point.

Pulling back the slide and releasing it to chamber the first round is smooth and crisp. The recoil spring quickly moves the slide into battery and it’s ready to go.

Like I said before, the trigger pull is long. With the gun in a fully cocked position the pull weight of the trigger is greatly reduced through much of the range of motion till the trigger breaks and fires the gun.

Adjusting the hop up unit is simple. Remove the slide and flip it upside down. On the underside of the hop is a dial used to adjust it. Simple and tool free… although I do wish there was a way to adjust it without taking the slide off. Of course, once you get it tuned in just right… you really don’t need to mess with it anymore.

I’m running this gun on propane even though it has a plastic slide. Many people are under the assumption that the gas you use is dependant on the slide material. That is simply not true. First it depends on the construction quality of the slide. In this case, it being a newer Marui, I expect it to be quality material and construction. Second it depends on temperature, as different gasses store at different pressures dependant on the temperature. Given that the temperature here is about 60-70 degrees Fahrenheit right now (as a high), propane is about the only gas easily available that will cycle this gun as it should.

The kick this gun has with propane, even in 70 degree weather, is phenomenal. My USP. 45’s metal slide feels like a slow moving slug compared to this. The speed of the action is about as fast as a KWA Glock 17 (which cycles very fast). I was very pleased to see this. In addition to the speed of the action, the sound was incredibly loud too! The sound was crisp and anything but quiet. It is very likely, the loudest GBB I’ve ever heard. Oh how I love the action on this gun!

Now we move on to testing the gas consumption, cool down affect, and efficiency of the system. The first time through, I’m able to just cycle through the 25 round mag, but the slide does not lock back. I figure that I was just shooting to fast and tried again. I filled the mag full, and waited till the mag temperature had started to normalize. Again, barely got the full capacity of the mag out with no lock back. So I waited for a warmer day.

Day 2. Trying again to test the efficiency I find that I can only cycle it about 5-7 times before I run out of gas! Something must be wrong, so under the knife it goes. Thanks to a friend on Arnies Airsoft I’m able to pinpoint the problem as a broken valve blocker in the blow back unit. I contacted Tokyo Model Company and inquired with them as to the possible cause. They stated that they fired the gun before it shipped to ensure it worked, and being the reputable company that I have purchased from in the past, I believe it. That and the fact that I was able to fully empty a mag the day before. This leads me to believe the part was defective, and broke quickly but was decent enough to function well for a few mags. Tokyo Model Company informed me they would send out the replacement part as soon as possible.

With the new part installed I was rearing to go. And then the rains came. And then I injured my knee in a skirmish (pretty badly too)! And then I was swamped with work. And then the weather cooled even more. And now here we are in 70 degree weather that is just warm enough to begin testing the gun. I prefer testing GBB’s in 80+ degree weather, as they work best above that, but I just thank God for the beautiful days ahead!

Now the gun is shooting about 1.5 mags per fill on propane. That is decent, and much improved over the previous showings.

Now onto the rapid fire test. I filled the mag to full capacity of gas and ammo. I quickly cycled the gun as fast as possible to empty it. After the mag emptied I repeated till the gun would no longer cycle. I was able to get 30 rounds out of the gun. As far as cool down goes, it did not seem to hurt the gas consumption much. Now we are going to do the same thing, but at a target as the maximum presumed effective range. With a target at 90 feet, I did the same thing. I noticed quickly that the velocity of the gun rapidly decreased after the first few shots. This also affected the range. Now this is to be expected of most GBB’s given the temperature and the capacity of the magazine. About the only GBB that I’ve seen that doesn’t exhibit this as much is the KWA USP .45, due to it’s enormous gas capacity.

Taking a look at accuracy, we’ve test fired the gun from 20 feet and 35 feet using an indoor shooting range to avoid error caused by wind, heat, or elevation changes. I am shooting from a bench with a wrist rest to help ensure that the findings are as indicative of the gun’s capabilities as possible and reduce shooter error.

From 20 feet the groupings are very nice. Taking out the odd shot (as always), it’s a clean 2″ group. Two of the holes are actually double taps, with all 10 shots being within 1.75″ of the bull’s eye.

From 35 feet we see similar results, but slightly looser grouping. We are looking at a 3″ grouping. If you took out the two furthest it would have been a 2.5″ group. All 10 shots hit the target and one of the holes is a triple tap. This gun is quite consistent.

Note that the 35 foot target was actually posted upside down, so the trend was for the shots to hit high right. The gun consistently shoots high right. Given the consistency I would conclude that the sights are where the error is at, as opposed to myself or any part of the gun other than the sights.

Upgrade Paths

Second to the 1911, this gun has more aftermarket support in the Airsoft world than any other GBB. Hammers, hop up buckings, inner barrels, recoil springs, hammer springs, valves, piston head, cylinder sets, recoil spring guides, outer barrels, bodies, and more are available. This gun can easily be turned either into a work horse or a show piece… or even something in between.

Conclusion

I was a a bit miffed by the broken part and the poor gas consumption initially. I do not blame Tokyo Model Company, as their customer service was prompt and the gun was tested by them before it left their possession. I expect better quality out of Tokyo Marui, however. Once I had the replacement part, a broad smile returned to my face as I fired off shot after shot. The warmer weather (81 degrees Fahrenheit as I finish this article), has greatly increased the distance the gas goes in this gun… bringing more Zen like happens to my trigger finger.

The gun is consistent and a blast to shoot. Every pop of a round going down range and every smack of that slide action brings a sense of excitement. I really enjoy shooting this gun and it is quickly becoming a favorite.

The numbers:

Construction: 8/10 this would have been higher if it weren’t for mould lines and defective part.

Features: 9/10 It’s near spot on with the real steel

Durability: 7/10 This would be higher if it were a quality metal body. That being said, the plastic is tough yet flexible enough to absorb the abuse.

Performance: 8/10 I would like to see better consistency at longer ranges, and better gas consumption. I would also like to see a better method of attaching the front sight. Overall, I’m being a bit picky here and this gun is excellent at what it’s built to do: 1) function as a backup, or 2) be a primary CQB weapon.

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One response

12 05 2008
Phridum

This answered quite a few of my questions about the gun. Namely, will it suffice as a “straight-swap-force-on-force-trainer”? It does and that is perfect.

Don’t be ashamed of having standards. Grading an airsoft product should be in comparison to how well it COULD be made, not how well others are made. Of course, it’s always important to include the cost vs. value ratio.

Based on this review, I would feel confident telling P226 owners looking for inexpensive training value that this is the airsoft gun they need.

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